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Michael Wasley

NameDate of Birth Country
Michael Wasley23-02-1990England

Name                                    :               Michael Wasley

Highest Ranking                  :               72 (May – June 2014)

Highest Break                      :               144 (2015 German Masters Qualifying)

Century Break                     :               29

Michael Wasley (born 23 February 1990) is an English former professional snooker player.

Wasley turned professional in 2012 after qualifying via Event 3 of Q School and gained a two-year tour card for the 2012/13 and2013/14 snooker seasons. He won five matches in the event, concluding with a 4–3 victory over Fraser Patrick. His biggest achievement to date is reaching the last 16 of the 2014 World Championship.

 

Debut season

Wasley's first match as a professional was a 5–4 win against Liam Highfield in qualifying for the 2012 Wuxi Classic. He lost 1–5 to Passakorn Suwannawat in the following round. In November, Wasley qualified for the main draw of a ranking event for the first time. He beat Jack Lisowski 5–1 and former world champion Peter Ebdon 5–3 to reach the last 32 of the German Masters, where Neil Robertson comfortably beat him 5–1. Wasley also qualified for the Welsh Open thanks to wins over Anthony McGill and top 16 player Mark Davis. He led 2–1 in the last 32 against Andrew Higginson, but lost three frames to bow out of the event 2–4. Wasley saw off Sean O'Sullivan in the first round of World Championship Qualifying, but his season was ended in the next round as James Wattana beat him 10–7. Wasley finished his first year on tour ranked world number 80.

2013/2014 season

Wasley reached the Wuxi Classic, the first ranking event of the 2013/2014 season, thanks to Ronnie O'Sullivan's withdrawal due to medical reasons and lost 5–1 against Gerard Greene in the first round. He played at the main venue in four more ranking events but lost in the first round in all of them. His best run in European Tour events was at theKay Suzanne Memorial Cup where he saw off James Wattana, Zhang Anda and Peter Ebdon, before being beaten 4–3 by Jamie Jones. Two other last 32 exits helped Wasley finish 47th on the Order of Merit

In qualifying for the World Championship, Wasley squeezed past Sydney Wilson 10–9 and then beat Rory McLeod and Mark Joyce both 10–6 to stand just one victory away from playing in the sport's biggest event for the first time. He played world number 16 Robert Milkinsin a dramatic match that went to a respotted black in the deciding frame which Wasley potted to reach the Crucible. In the first round, Wasley caused one of the biggest upsets in the tournament's history by eliminating world number two Ding Junhui 10–9 after having trailed 6–3 at the end of the opening session. In the second round he fell 7–1 down to Dominic Dale and could never recover as he was beaten 13–4. Despite this run, Wasley could not quite reach the top 64 in the rankings as he was placed number 72, which would have seen him relegated from the tour. However, he received the fourth of eight spots available on the European Tour for non-qualified players to earn a new two-year tour card for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons.

2014/2015 season

Wasley won three matches to reach the final qualifying round of the Shanghai Masters, where he was narrowly beaten 5–4 by Dominic Dale. At the European Tour event theVictoria Bulgarian Open, Wasley faced Judd Trump in the last 16 and made a 133 break to send the match into a deciding frame in which he made a 75 break from 73–0 down to play Peter Ebdon in the quarter-finals and lost 4–1. He would go on to finish 29th on the Order of Merit, just outside the top 24 who qualified for the Grand Final. His best runs in full ranking events this season were a pair of last 32 exits at the German Masters (5–1 to Shaun Murphy) and the Welsh Open (4–2 to Trump). He failed to repeat last year's World Championship performances as he lost 10–5 to Alan McManus in the first qualifying round.

2015/2016 season

Wasley could only win two matches out of 17 during the whole of the 2015/2016 season. He dropped off the tour at the end of the season as he was placed 87th in the world rankings and he did not enter Q School.

 

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